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Sugar prices to edge upwards for 2014/15, says Rabobank

Sugar deficit forecast for first time in five seasons

Raw sugar prices are forecast to rise as much as 7% by Q2 2015, but recent trading suggests prices will come down in the longer term, according to an analyst at Rabobank.

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Norwegians loyal to domestic confectionery brands: Leatherhead

The Norwegian confectionery market is unusual by Western European standards since its domestic brands stand tall with the multinationals, according to a Leatherhead analyst.

Yowie secures Walmart trial in Texas

Toy-filled chocolate egg firm Yowie has secured distribution in 50 Walmart stores in Texas.

Brazil’s cookie industry looks overseas as domestic penetration peaks

Brazil’s cookie industry must look to exports markets as its classic formula of reaching more Brazilian customers is no longer the key to future growth.

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Mars recalls M&M’s due to allergy risk

Mars Chocolate North America has recalled some M&M’s branded products because of undeclared peanut butter.

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Nestlé Mexico makes strategic $53m investment to ensure milk supply from DairyReporter.com

Nestlé Mexico will invest 700m pesos ($53m) over the next six years to increase milk production in the country. 

General Mills targets further supply chain savings after net profit plunge from FoodProductionDaily.com

General Mills says the need to offset inflation is as strong as ever as it broadens the scope of cost saving measures across the value chain.

Industry reformulation is the only route to better nutrition, says expert from FoodNavigator.com

Food producers should look at the current obesity crisis as an opportunity to do good business and do good for public health through the reformulation of mass-market products, says one nutrition policy expert.

Dispatches from Euro Fed Lipid Congress, Montpellier.

Saturated fats may not cause heart disease: Researcher from FoodNavigator.com

Saturated fatty acids shouldn’t be avoided as they don't cause cardiovascular disease - but 'excess' is the important word, says a human nutrition expert.

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Ecuadorian arriba cocoa could get protected geographical status

Any objections? Protected geo-indication could be on cards for Ecuadorian 'arriba' cocoa

An application to the European Commission for protected geographical indication (PGI) status for ‘cacao arriba’ from Ecuador...

Grape-skin powder ups candy flavonol count

Wine not? Grape-skin powder ups candy flavonol and fiber count, say researchers

Adding grape-skin powder to fruit candies may increase antioxidant content, open fiber claim doors and shorten dehydration...

Will the WTO end the Brazilian-Argentinian confectionery trade war?

Will the WTO end the Brazilian-Argentinian confectionery trade war?

A number of players in Brazil’s chocolate and confectionery sector have seen exports to Argentina plunge by...

Brazilian premium choc market to grow 26% by 2020 as middle class buys in

Brazilian premium choc market to grow 26% by 2020 as middle class buys in

Brand power and ingredient quality are the two principal factors that define a premium chocolate in the...

Ecuadorian chocolate has healthier fat profile than Ghanaian, say researchers

Ecuadorian chocolate has healthier fat profile than Ghanaian, say researchers

Chocolates made with Ecuadorian origin cocoa beans have healthier fat profiles than Ghanaian counterparts, according to Spanish...

Baronie acquires Duc d’O

Baronie snaps up fellow Belgian firm Duc d’O

The Baronie Group has acquired Belgian truffle maker Duc d’O from Gudrun for an undisclosed sum.

'Natural’ vanilla suit against Ritter Sport thrown out

German appeal court rejects ‘natural’ vanilla suit against Ritter

A German appeal court has ruled that Ritter Sport’s vanilla flavor in its whole hazelnut product is correctly...

Tin packaging grows in popularity with confectioners

Premium chocolatiers flock to tin packaging for brand longevity

UK tin packaging firm The Box has seen an uptick in premium chocolate companies moving to tin...

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